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Doctors’ silence over unfit colleagues; Alzheimer’s scan trial; Mums’ diets in diabetes link

By Ian Quinn

Our roundup of the health news headlines on Tuesday 8 March.

One in four doctors who believes a colleague to be behaving incompetently fails to sound the alarm, report today's papers. Researchers claim doctors keep quiet because of fears of retribution, or because they think nothing will happen, or that someone else will do something to take care of the problem.

The research published in BMJ Quality and Safety, features prominently in the Daily Mail, which says it comes with complaints against doctors at record levels while MPs are holding an inquiry into the medical complaints system.

Cheerier news comes in the form of a brain scan that can spot the early signs of Alzheimers and can diagnose the disease in less than 24 hours, which is now being trialled on the NHS. The scan, reports today's papers, enables patients to be quickly referred for treatment to try to slow down progression of the illness.

Mothers, meanwhile, are warned that an unbalanced diet in pregnancy can increase children's odds of getting ageing-related illnesses like type 2 diabetes in later life.

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